We’ve discussed how convenient smart home tech is, but we really mean it. For some, this technology is so much more than fun mood lighting (but, the mood lighting really is a cool feature).
According to the CDC, 61 million Americans live with a disability that impacts their daily life. That is one in four people. The number jumps to two in five people when you look at people 65 and older. These communities of people deserve to have as much independence as possible, and we are proud to have technology that allows for that. Home automation for the elderly and disabled has come a long way... but in what ways does it help these communities?
For those with mobility issues, moving around comes with many additional challenges, making privacy much more limited. But, with technology such as automatic blinds, the need for privacy is met with convenience.
Similarly, many people in these communities have home health staff, but if they are able to control more of their home, they need less assistance, which can lead to less time with staff in their home, and therefore, more privacy.
Accessibility is one of the five major barriers for those who are disabled or elderly. Because of this, independence is severely hindered. Having the ability to control heat, lights, music, etc., all with ease provides people with disabilities the power to control their homes, supporting disability empowerment- a crucial part of that community. Not to mention the importance of maintaining a specific temperature or humidity level in some disabilities, making the ability to control these things even more crucial.
Allowing them to have an equal opportunity to jam out to their favorite tunes, or enter a room and have the lights come on effortlessly is giving them autonomy that would be lost otherwise.
The various user-friendly tech options available today are powerful tools for the disabled and elderly, especially because of the ease they provide, which reduces many risks associated with daily tasks.
Although there are many benefits of smart home tech, voice control is one of the most exciting opportunities. Using Alexa, Google Home, Google Assistant, and Josh AI, everything becomes easier. Those with visual impairments can now schedule appointments, order things online, and make phone calls with ease.
Certain smart speakers can also act as a companion for those with mental health issues. Although a speaker doesn't replace a friend, Alexa will respond to comments of feeling low or stressed with ways to manage those feelings.
Using voice control is also helpful for seniors. With a connective home, using voice control allows them to turn off heaters, lights, etc. with a few words. Smart speakers also allow them to schedule routines with reminders, which can be activated by saying a key phrase. Likewise, loved ones can set reminders to go off at certain times to remind them to take their medicine or check in with family.
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of smart home technology in these communities is safety and security. From video doorbells to complete security systems, security is made comfortable with smart home tech.
When going to double check your door is locked is not a viable option due to limited mobility, imagine arming your home with the touch of a button before going to bed. Having that peace of mind allows for less stress in people with disabilities. Security shouldn’t be a luxury, and with affordable systems, it is more accessible than ever.
The Power of Smart Home Tech
Smart home technology is great, but it is especially powerful for people who are elderly or disabled. It can empower and protect with comfortability and ease.